Hey everybody! I’m glad you all liked my pumpkin smoothie yesterday! It was so good I had another one for breakfast this morning : ) It felt like I was eating pie. But I wasn’t! oh snap.
The round tins I got at a William and Sonoma outlet store, and the square tin from Pampered chef. years ago, mind you. I bought them because I love cookie cutters. Especially little ones.
So I decided to have my own go at animal crackers. When I was little I had a Minne Mouse cassette tape of Minnie Mouse songs. And Minnie Mouse was my idol as a kid. My hero. I can’t even explain in words how much she meant to me. Anyway, she had a song about animal crackers. Actually, I don’t think it’s her song exactly, but my mind always associates it with her. That’s where this blog post title came from! And now that I think about it, why is she putting animal crackers in soup. Aren’t they more like cookies? I’ll never know. Either way, these are the kind of animal crackers Minnie should have been putting in her soup.
For a disclaimer- they’re not all animals. I used the other shapes as well!
Minnie’s Animal Crackers (NOT Cookies!)
2 12 cups Whole wheat flour
3/4 to 1 cup Water
3T Nutritional yeast
1/2t Cayenne pepper
2T ground flax seed
Then add 3/4 cup of water and mix with your hands. You want the dough to come together and not be crumbly, but you don’t want it sticky either. If there are still crumbs, add a little more water.
Let rest one hour in the fridge. Then, Roll it out on a well floured surface (I divided the dough into 4 pieces and rolled out each piece separately) You want it to be relatively thin, about 1/8 of an inch. You can make them thicker, but the baking time will be much longer.
Then, cut out shapes! You can just make squares, use cookie cutters, or whatever your little heart desires! Place them on a sheet pan with parchment, and bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes, until their crispy. For larger crackers, You might want to poke them a few times with a fork, so they don’t poof up. For really small crackers, it doesn’t really make a difference.
And voila, you’ve got yummy crackers! They’re healthy for you, because they have whole wheat flour, nooch, and flax seed in them, and I love the texture. Crunch crunch crunch. The flavor is awesome too, it’s got just a hint of spiciness, but if you’re more dangerous than me feel free to add more cayenne pepper!
I think if Minnie Mouse came over to my house for dinner, I would make her soup and serve it with these crackers. I think she would approve. And hey, if Minnie Mouse is happy, then I’m happy.
Have you ever made your own crackers? What cartoon characters did you look up to as a little kid? (or still do now… as Minnie is still a rockstar to me!)